Today our country celebrates Independence Day. It's not a typical year of the crowd-gathering festivals and celebrations, but there'll be plenty of backyard barbecues and meals with family and friends. We take time to remember how our country earned its freedom and recognize that many men and women have sacrificed to maintain the liberties we … Continue reading Independence Day
Last Monday, June 22 marked twenty years since I heard those terrifying words, "You have breast cancer." That day I'd gone for a routine mammogram during my lunch hour and was shocked when the radiologist pointed to an area of the film. "You need to see a surgeon right away," she said, her dark brown … Continue reading Happy 20th Cancerversary!
This week I stepped forward onto another rock across that stream that I've referred to in my recent posts as "The Gap." After getting a contract on our house, we knew there would be negotiations after the inspection. The Buyer's revised offer came on Tuesday evening right when I was getting ready for bed. It … Continue reading Solo Progressive Dinner: Finding Possibility
In last week's post, "Trusting God in The Gap," I revisited Bill Bridges Map for Change that I'd learned in my Life Coaching Program. His model breaks the process into three phases: Endings, The Gap, and New Beginnings. I realized that I was struggling with being in the middle-- having partially worked through many Endings … Continue reading Crossing over The Gap
This week I hit another milestone; after weeks of work my house was ready for market. The sign was placed in the yard on Wednesday evening and the reality of leaving this home hit hard with a mix of emotions; proud and gratified with how much I had accomplished; sad that the neutralized-house-that-doesn't-look-like-mine is becoming … Continue reading Trusting God in The Gap
Last year on this weekend, I was on my solo journey to the Outer Banks of North Carolina. That was a difficult trip because I knew while I was away, my husband would tell our sons that our marriage would be ending. But it was also a trip filled with beautiful sites, the salty breeze … Continue reading Revisiting the Shifting Sands
It's been a year now since my husband told me that he didn't want to remain in our marriage. The days after that were filled with shock and walking around in a state of disbelief. When the reality started sinking in, it hit me that my life would drastically change after almost forty-one years of … Continue reading Strong Women: Answered Prayer
This is my 200th post on this blog. I started in May of 2017 after I returned home from the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers' Conference. There, I pitched my memoir to agents and attended sessions on marketing my work. What everyone in the writing world suggested was having a blog so you could provide … Continue reading Happy 200th Post!
This past week, I've felt the impact of having been in this pandemic shut down for a month. While most of the time, I can find hope and write about that in my blog-- I struggle like everyone with sustaining hope. I work part-time with a research study that looks at the impact of mental illness … Continue reading Keeping Our Hope
It's Easter weekend, and for me as a Christian, it's the most thoughtful time of the year. I contemplate the miraculous, and see the transformation through the life of Christ from the desolation of the forty days in the desert, to the suffering of the crucifixion followed by darkness and separation, and then the triumphant … Continue reading Metamorphosis: Growing into the Next Phase of Life